Justice Prashant Kumar Mishra and senior advocate KV Viswanathan were sworn-in as Supreme Court judges on Friday. A day after the Central government cleared the appointment of the advocates.
New Union Law Minister Arjun Meghwal took to Twitter to confirm the appointment of Justices Mishra and Viswanathan. Their names have recommended to the Centre by the Supreme Court Collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud.
Justice Mishra served as the Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court.
Notably, Viswanathan, upon the retirement of Justice JB Pardiwala on August 11, 2030, will become the Chief Justice of India. And will remain in the post till May 25, 2031, a PTI report said.
The five-member Collegium said the Supreme Court has a sanctioned strength of 34 judges and is currently functioning with 32. Two SCrt judges — Dinesh Maheshwari and MR Shah retired recently.
Four more vacancies will arise by the second week of July and the working strength of judges will further come down. The collegium noted as it recommended the names of Justices Viswanathan and Mishra on Tuesday.